Well break Hearts, Caley draw
Everton boss David Moyes has confirmed that Phil Jagielka will
need surgery on a badly gashed ankle.
The England international was replaced just five minutes into
the 3-1 win over Reading after being caught by Royals striker Adam
Moyes said: “I genuinely haven’t seen it again but I thought on
the pitch it didn’t look good.
“Jagielka knew about it and it is a bad one. He will have
surgery tonight to stitch up his ankle. It is a bad one because he
is a key player for us.”
Moyes said he did not know how long Jagielka would be out but
the 30-year-old must now be doubtful for next week’s FA Cup
quarter-final against Wigan.
The incident also reminded Moyes of some of the treatment
goalkeeper Tim Howard received in the two previous cup matches
“I’m not happy with the challenges on the goalkeeper in the last
two games that have put him out and I am not happy with the
challenge today that puts Phil Jagielka out,” he said.
“I’m not one who minds challenges. I like a bit of that, if
that’s what it is. I don’t mind robust challenges but not one that
puts out arguably one of my best players.”
Michael Higdon grabbed his 20th goal of the season as Well’s
blistering start was enough to secure all three points against
Hearts at Tynecastle.
The Jambos’ new interim management team of Gary Locke and Darren
Murray were taking charge for the first time following manager John
McGlynn’s departure on Thursday, but their side were left with a
mountain to climb after conceding twice in the opening eight
Higdon swept in the opener before Dylan McGowan was credited
with scoring an own goal when he failed to keep out a Nicky Law
John Sutton pulled one back after the break as Hearts put the
visitors under pressure, but Stuart McCall’s side held on to cement
second place in the league and condemn the Tynecastle side to their
fifth straight loss.
In Saturday’s other SPL game, Ross County and Inverness drew a
blank in a scrappy Highland derby.
Chances were few and far between throughout the 90 minutes with
neither side able to dictate proceedings at any stage of the